The Taking Part survey has run since 2005 and is the key evidence source for DCMS. It is a continuous face to face household survey of adults aged 16 and over in England and children aged 5 to 15 years old.
As detailed in the last statistical release and on our consultation pages in March 2013, the responsibility for reporting Official Statistics on adult sport participation now falls entirely with Sport England. Sport participation data are reported on by Sport England in the Active People Survey.
Amendment on 27 January 2016: This publication has been updated in January 2016 to correct data in the Taking Part 2015/16 Quarter 2 statistical release published on 17 December 2015. The only changes relate to figures presented in Figure 7.1. No other figures in the statistical release (or associated data tables) have been affected.
17th December 2015
October 2014 to September 2015
National and regional level data for England.
Next release date
A series of “Taking Part, Focus on…” reports will be published in April 2016. Each ‘short story’ in this series will look at a specific topic in more detail, providing more in-depth analysis of the 2014/15 Taking Part data.
The latest data from October 2014 to September 2015. Taking Part survey provides reliable national estimates of adult engagement with the arts, heritage, museums, archives and libraries.
The report also looks at some of the other measures in the survey that provide estimates of volunteering and charitable giving and digital engagement.
The Taking Part survey is a continuous annual survey of adults and children living in private households in England, and carries the National Statistics badge, meaning that it meets the highest standards of statistical quality.
These spreadsheets contain the data and sample sizes to support the material in this release.
The meta-data describe the Taking Part data and provides terms and definitions. This document provides a stand-alone copy of the meta-data which are also included as annexes in the statistical report.
The previous adult quarterly Taking Part release was published on 25th June 2015 and the previous child Taking Part annual release was published on 23rd July 2015. Both releases also provide spreadsheets containing the data and sample sizes for each sector included in the survey. A series of short reports relating to the 2014/15 annual adult data was also released on 12th November 2015.
The document above contains a list of ministers and officials who have received privileged early access to this release of Taking Part data. In line with best practice, the list has been kept to a minimum and those given access for briefing purposes had a maximum of 24 hours.
The UK Statistics Authority
This release is published in accordance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics (2009), as produced by the UK Statistics Authority. The Authority has the overall objective of promoting and safeguarding the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. It monitors and reports on all official statistics, and promotes good practice in this area.
The latest figures in this release are based on data that was first published on 17th December 2015. Details on the pre-release access arrangements for this dataset are available in the accompanying material for the previous release.
The responsible statistician for this release is Helen Miller-Bakewell. For enquiries on this release, contact Helen Miller-Bakewell on 020 7211 6355 or Mary Gregory 020 7211 2377.
For any queries contact them or the Taking Part team at firstname.lastname@example.org